Ok ok, before you guys get any ideas, I’m not selling these! Lol. But this recipe was inspired by Christmas and the season of giving gifts in general. You know how it is when you get older, it just becomes so much harder to choose presents? Maybe because you don’t have a lot of time to shop or your budget goes to so many other things or there just doesn’t really seem to be anything perfect for the special people in your life. But I also realized—speaking from experience, haha—that when you get older, the more you enjoy receiving food. Like any time you get food for free becomes a special moment. Hahaha.
That’s why, this Christmas, I decided to gift something that everyone likes, that does not take a long time to get done, that can be affordable to make, and that I can create myself to make it more special: cookies.
I know everyone has their favorite cookie or a recipe that they love, so let me tell you about my journey in coming up with this recipe. It was really important to me that this recipe would be easy to make. I’ve been testing a lot for so long, and most are hard to do or the taste would be off (like it tastes too much like cornstarch) or it’s too dry and not chewy. When I finally found the base recipe I could work with, I altered it a bit to my liking and it’s one of my faves now. You don’t have to follow everything here exactly cause there might be things that you like to do with your cookies, but here are some of the things that definitely helped me while baking:
1. Cookies are best when they’re freshly baked. This recipe makes a dozen, but if you won’t need that much, you can always just make half a dozen and keep the batter in the fridge. You can keep it for up to a week—just take it out and pop some in the oven every time you need freshly baked cookies.
2. Cookies are actually really easy to make—but the baking time is super important. If the oven is hot enough, like if it’s at 175 degrees Celsius, you only need 6 to 7 minutes to bake the cookie. Seriously. Even if it doesn’t look baked yet, trust me, you can take it out of the oven and it will keep baking still. I discovered that 6 to 7 minutes is the perfect “chewy cookie” baking time.
But that 6 to 7 minutes might be different for you, cause ovens are different and also bigger cookies will need a little more time. What I did is I started with three cookies, really observed them in my oven, and after trying different baking times, I came up with 6 to 7 minutes for most of the regular-sized cookies and 9 to 10 minutes when it’s bigger. Again, don’t wait for it to look brown in the oven, cause then it won’t be chewy anymore. 🙂
3. Cookies taste extra nice when they’re personally made. So aside from actually baking the cookies, I also decided to make my own packaging that’s tailor-made for whoever was going to get it. For my sis-in-law Anne, because she owns BLK Cosmetics, I made Boompanes Luscious Kookies (BLK). Haha, get it?
Lol I never thought I would have this many things to say about cookies. Anyway, guys, try it and enjoy and let me know what you think!
Cookies by #SolennCooking Recipe
Makes a dozen cookies
WHAT YOU NEED:
– 2 cups flour
– 2 tsp cornstarch
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 3/4 cup butter (room temp)
– 1 cup brown sugar
– 1/2 cup white sugar
– 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
– 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
– 1 cup unsweetened choco chips (or whatever you want to put! I made four different batches with dark choco chips, white choco chips + macadamia, Toblerone + Davao cocoa nibs + almonds, white choco chips + cranberries + flax seeds)
HOW TO MAKE IT:
1. In a large bowl, mix together butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until creamy. I used a mixer and this took about 1 to 2 minutes, but you can mix by hand too.
2. In the same bowl, add egg and extra egg yolk. Add vanilla extract. Mix.
3. In another bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt.
4. Slowly pour dry ingredients with the wet mixture.
5. Add the choco chips or your add-ons of choice.
6. Cover up your batter and leave it in your fridge for about 2 hours or more.
7. After a couple of hours, heat the oven at 175 degrees Celsius.
8. Use 2 spoons to create cookie balls, and place them on a tray lined with baking paper.
9. Pop them in the oven and bake for about 6 to 9 minutes, depending on the size of cookies you make. Don’t forget about my tip about carefully observing the cookies and letting them bake outside the oven!
10. If you’re giving the cookies as gifts, add a personal touch to the packaging.
Et voilà! You can find more of my recipes on Instagram when you search the hashtag #SolennCooking. 🙂
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